A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows another person or persons to act on your behalf in financial matters.

There are different Powers of Attorney for different scenarios, but they do not authorise someone to make decisions concerning your medical treatment or other aspects of your health and welfare. To address these aspects you will need to make an Advance Care Directive.

All powers conferred by you under a Power of Attorney end with your death, at which point a Will takes over.

We recommend that a Power of Attorney be finalised at the same time as finalising a Will and Advance Care Directive.  The Advance Care Directive and Power of Attorney operate while a person is alive, and the Will comes into effect once a person has died.